The collection comprises of material relating to the Cambridge University Expedition to Jan Mayen, 1921 and correspondence by Bristowe relating to Jan Mayen
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- ReferenceGB 15 William Bristowe
- Dates of Creation1921
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical DescriptionExpedition papers (1 volume) correspondence (9 leaves)
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Administrative / Biographical History
William Syer Bristowe was born on 1 September 1901. He was educated at Wellington College and Cambridge, joining the Cambridge University Expedition (leader James Mann Wordie) to Jan Mayen in 1921. He travelled on a further Cambridge University Expedition to Brazil in 1923. In 1925, Bristowe joined the Brunner Mond, which subsequently merged with ICI the following year. In 1936, he was appointed head of the Far East Department and director of Eastern subsidiary companies, later serving as head of Central Staff Department from 1948 and 1962. His numerous publications include studies of spiders found throughout the world including those in the Arctic and Antarctic. His major work, The Comity of Spiders, was published in two volumes between 1939 and 1941. He died on 11 January 1979.
Published work A book of islands by William Syer Bristowe, G. Bell & Sons London (1969) SPRI Library Shelf (34)
The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of expedition material and correspondence respectively
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and Who was who, 1971-1980, Adam and Charles Black London (1989)
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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